104 MKs ask Ban to oppose PA statehood bid

Additionally, International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians launch letter-sending initiative to gather signatures from 150 Italian parliamentarians.

September 22, 2011 23:58
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 311 R. (photo credit: REUTERS/ Joshua Lott)


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More than 100 MKs sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday objecting to UN recognition of Palestinian statehood.

The letter, signed by 104 MKs, was initiated by MK Shai Hermesh (Kadima), chairman of World Jewish Congress in Israel.

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Faction chairs, including MKs Dalia Itzik (Kadima), Ze’ev Elkin (Likud), Robert Ilatov (Israel Beiteinu), Eitan Cabel (Labor), Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi), Einat Wilf (Independence) and Avraham Michaeli (Shas) all signed the letter.

In addition, the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians launched a letter-sending initiative, led by ICJP chairwoman Fiamma Nirenstein, who gathered signatures from 150 Italian parliamentarians.

In the letters, MKs and Jewish parliamentarians say that the Palestinian statehood bid “undermines past resolutions...

based on the principle that a final agreement between the two sides will be reached through negotiations.”

“We call on the UN General Assembly to reject the initiative and instead call on all sides to return to the negotiating table to renew the dialogue and to strive to reach an agreement that will guarantee peace, security and prosperity for two peoples,” the letter concludes.

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